Prayer usually has three types ofexpression: vocal prayer, that is,prayer put into words either spokenaloud or in one’s heart, meditation,described above, or contemplativeprayer, “a gaze of faith fixed onJesus” and experienced in silence(CCC 2700-2708).
Forms of prayer (CCC 2626
2638) are many and varied, and theyinclude:
“We bless God for having blessed us.”
This prayer “exalts the greatness of
the Lord who made us.”
• PRAYER OF PETITION
We request something of God.
“When we share in God’s savinglove, we understand that every needcan become the object of petition.”• PRAYER OF INTERCESSIONWe pray on behalf of another. “Inintercession, he who prays looks ‘notonly to his own interests, but also to
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which the “today” of God iswritten. (CCC 2705)
To meditate on what weread helps us to make it ourown by confronting it withourselves. Here, anotherbook is opened: the book oflife. We pass from thoughtsto reality. To the extent thatwe are humble and faithful,we discover in meditationthe movements that stir theheart and we are able todiscern them. It is a question of acting truthfully inorder to come into the light:“Lord, what do you want meto do?”
7) What other expressions
or forms does prayer take?